Re: Is the Novel in Decline?
In the traditional sense, the novel is viewed as something so challenging to read it requires continuous study to grasp its true meaning. Novels that I feel one might argue fall into this category are: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Kareninahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Day_i ... Denisovichhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For_Whom_the_Bell_Tolls
But there are also science or fantasy driven novels:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lilith_(novel
(Really good story. One of my favorites. I highly recommend it.)https://archive.org/details/town_took_off_tw_librivox
When I say the novel might not appeal to pop culture, I'm referring mainly to how it's advertised. I notice my friends who write science fiction novels have lots of followers and many likes/shares on social media. In contrast to this, I've seen established writers who produce stuff like What's Eating Gilbert Grape
gain little to no traction. Now, in noting that, here is a problem. Even though people are liking and sharing the SF/FF, it doesn't mean they're reading or even buying the books. Hence, the advertising is cool to share but the book might not be. It's sad, and what it does in the writing community is make some believe they can't write a non-SF/FF novel or in some cases it causes SF/FF writers not to call their stories novels for fear the term "novel" implies boring.
It's muddy waters for sure. I have no perfect reply as it's a question authors have asked me. I don't think the novel is dead, but the idea of what it means has changed. Badge of Infamy
for instance is considered a juvenile novel, but like Lord of the Flies
its a great read for adults. I love that book. It needs to be a movie. If you like Philip K. Dick or Neuromancer
, that's a book for you.